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First Presbyterian was built in the early 19th century and has been a major tourist attraction as well as a fully functioning church since its dedication. The architecture is reminiscent of European Gothic cathedrals and many efforts have been made to maintain this style even as recent renovations and expansions have allowed it to cater to the needs of its growing congregation. The impressive spire and detailed stonework make this church a must-see for art and architecture lovers. Multiple services are held throughout the week including two full services on Sunday, one of which is televised on a local Charlotte station, WSOC-TV Channel 9. Open on Sunday from 9am, 11am and 5pm and Wednesday from noon.
In addition to being the oldest park in Charlotte, this 24-acre parcel in the heart of Charlotte's Elizabeth neighborhood serves your every recreational need. For athletes, Independence Park has a batting cage, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a volleyball court, and three hiking trails. Families make good use of the sheltered picnic area and the playground. If romance is in the air, stroll by the reflecting pool or through the rose garden. A number of shelters, including the rose garden's gazebo, are available for private events. See website for reservation information.
Much like SoHo, NoDa (North Davidson Street) is a bustling area in the city of Charlotte. There is lots to see and do in this famous arts district, for both visitors and locals. Restaurants, theatres, bars, shops and galleries abound here. Visit during the annual Gallery Crawl to check out the area's fascinating art scene. An amalgamation of culture and cuisine, this district is cloaked in an air of enjoyment, making it a must-visit. Check the website for what's happening at various venues in the area.
Housing the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the Charlotte Museum of History plays a pivotal role in showcasing the region's history. Come and learn more about the area's fascinating past with exhibits like "Stitched from the Soul," "Community of Faiths," "Watch Charlotte Grow" and many, many more. Also open to the public is the 18th-century restored house of the revolutionary Hezekiah Alexander, a perfect example of living conditions during that era. Go back in time and discover all the past has to offer; check the website for the latest exhibits.
The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk, is honored here. Avail of the guided tour, complete with a costumed interpreter and walk through the president's family home in the country, while collecting nuggets of information on his life and achievements. Camps, festivals and celebrations are also organized here. This is a worthwhile trip indeed for those doing research, or those with a keen interest in politics and public lives. Check the website for some good reading before you visit.